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Susan’s Wednesday Night Magic!

Susan’s Wednesday Night Magic!

Those of you who follow my blog know about the magic of the Wednesday Night Late Shift…the newest and most interesting inventory is reviewed and we find new inspirations as we walk the showroom, looking for the perfect placement for each exciting addition. #purestyle

I’ve added more of my favorite realistic and tender ferns…so much motion, you’ll never guess they don’t need water! (Check that clever piece of art behind them as the spots are blown off that dalmation! Oh. My.

These fresh picked tulips will fool your local florist…the weepy, fresh feel will make them your favorite too….pink or fresh green. Just. Got. To. Have.

Crystals are popping up in all the right places…these beauties mounted to acrylic bases make beautiful accents for tabletop or bookcases, bathrooms, or hall consoles…Wow!

I had to add a little pink…(is there anything wrong with that?!)

Remember the trending black and white I reported from market…my order came in! Lots of new black and white pillows for your selection!

…more black…more white. more style.

Spheres are a great accent for any tray, bowl or dish. Add several to a container of succulents or place some in a pedestal dish…this color just sings the right #purestyle . Navy and gold…what could be better?

So…Thursday should be on your radar each week to browse Black-eyed Susan for the newest additions, and right after market, when my new orders are making an appearance is the perfect time. It’s really full of inspiring displays and new offerings!

Hope to see you! You won’t be disappointed.

Fresh ideas. Fresh inventory. Fresh color . #ohsosusan #purestyle #colorcrush

Make time for a Thursday visit!

Miss Barbara Gets Into #purestyle!

Miss Barbara Gets Into #purestyle!

Designing for the delightful Miss Barbara this week has been sheer heaven! Her mother has been one of our favorite clients and friend for many years, and after completing her fifth home in a series of locations, she added her mother’s cottage into the picture. 

Barbara, being a bright and entertaining 87 year old, has more entertaining stories of her youth and travels abroad than you can imagine! A genuine Southern belle, she landed back in the North Carolina mountains after years of exotic places, as well as U. S. locations. She delighted us for the past two days as we installed, primped, accessorized and dressed her new home. She gets along quite well and is looked in on by two devoted daughters, grandchildren and neighbors. She’s quite the woman of style!

This is the basic palette she agreed upon. Navy and turquoise! We incorporated her favorite collections from 87 years of life and came up with a stylish mix within her comfort zone! There was little she didn’t agree to, and Barbara kept up with our pace for two days with delight!

Two of these sweet smaller-scaled chairs in a turquoise print give way to additional seating for family and friends. We selected a painted frame for contrast and interest. Polka dots are part of the pattern play! Note the patterned carpet from Masland Carpet. We had just the right size bound for the cozy room.

Barbara’s collectibles and china found a place in her china display case (much like my old one!). With the overage from the last five homes from her daughter’s designs, we added this coveted framed art…sheet music! There are many musicians to be found in this family, and Barbara herself set the tone in her youth, playing the violin. We were thrilled to repurpose this favorite piece of art from the last home in Charleston we designed for her daughter. Books covered in sheet music, a lantern filled with assorted interests, black birds perching on the top edge…all make the room personal and inviting. 

Barbara spent a number of years in Africa with her first husband and has an extensive collection of ebony figures. I love the way they are silhouetted on the top shelf of the bookshelves. It’s a bit like Noah’s Ark up there! She was thrilled with the use of them and was excited we approved and found a home for them in such a prominent spot to be admired each day.

Her bedroom incorporated some hand-me-downs from a previous home of her daughter’s on Sullivan’s Island, S.C. Dresser and nightstands were snatched up, and a formerly used trunk was painted by our own paint specialist at Black-eyed Susan. Soft tones of plum and cream create a quiet retreat for Barbara. She approved custom pillows and bedding, a new rug, new lamps and a brand new upholstered bed in her favorite style. all delivered to make this room a favorite for her. (Design by Black-eyed Susan, pillow arrangement by Barbara!) She loves the little floral pillow we were able to eek out of a small discontinued fabric memo!

(Just another shot to show you the hand-painted trunk and window fabric.)

You can see that this little lady spared no stylish suggestions for fabric and patterns in designing this room! The portrait over the high boy chest is a personal favorite that I sold to her mother years ago for her home in downtown Historic Charleston! Musically themed, vintage inspired, and just the right colors! We were thrilled to rescue this piece of art from the “unused from the past designs” pile! And I love the bench cushion fabric!

Towards the end of the day, Barbara began pulling out treasures and she came across this Elgin watch face that belonged to her mother. In a small velvet case, I insisted that we display it on her nightstand and found the perfect soft lavender vintage hobnail plate to display it on. Perfection!

In a corner of the room, facing the large picture window, we placed another reclaimed chair and ottoman from a former home of her daughter’s. Recovered in the perfect stripe in the colors of the room, we created a cozy place for Barbara to read and put her feet up. (She was quite astounded when she discovered it was perfectly allowed to put her feet up – shoes and all – on such a fine piece of furniture!)

So here she is, Miss Barbara, woman of style and fine taste! With many gifts from her darling daughter and custom design by Black-eyed Susan just for her, she is perfectly content to sun in this room and enjoy the life of a gritty 87 year old with glee. 

Enjoy it for many years to come Barbara! We loved designing for you and all who visit your love filled home. 


High Style in Naples, Florida

High Style in Naples, Florida

Thanks to a delightful invitation from a darling friend and colleague, my summer was complete with an entire week spent in her stylishly comfortable home!  Each room was completed with striking color, personality and the perfect placement of accessories…and those of you who know me, know that I am quite a snob when it comes to that!

I’ll walk you through some of my favorite rooms!



Who wouldn’t want to spend the week in this dramatic guestroom with one of my favorite color palettes ever! Navy and chartruese punctuated with pure white. Oh. My. Perfect patterns and pure happiness. I fell in love with the oval coral mirror. Legacy Linens found the perfect home here…and so did two of my grandchildren!

Thibaut Wallcoverings had me right here! This orange (personal favorite!) turtle motif just makes my heart sing. Ann added the framed turtle print and a beautiful white valance bordered in orange (not seen in this photo) makes this charming bathroom a home run!


I’m just setting the stage for another room-office/guest room. A mirrored desk, coral themed mirror and navy/orange coral printed drapery would make bill paying a happy event! I’ll try to get another photo to show the brilliance of the colors here. Once again…pure style!


Yes! This tells the story of the room’s color! The comfy sofa pulls out into another bed when needed…I’ll take that orange pillow with oversized buttons, please!  I. Love. This.


Even with the glare on this koi painting, the beauty shows through. Add a brilliant orange chair for reading and a cozy throw and who wouldn’t find solace in this room?


Ghost chair + mirrored desk = stylish work space! Check out the rug!!


Close-up of the drapery choice! What’s not to love?!


Navy and orange follow into the great room. The pop of pattern on the pillows, 100% linen pillows in orange, and this contrast welt and nailhead banding is striking, strong and hip! The Riverside Sofa from Vanguard is one of my favorites for comfort and drama. You’ll sink in and never want to leave!


Ann’s choice of art in this room could go with me anywhere! Modern botanicals pop on the navy wall and carry the color theme from the office. Classic ginger jar lamps add the perfect classic touch and once again, perfectly placed details. The lounge chairs in the background reverse the colors of the sofa, using white with navy piping. Perfect, again!  Notice the striking accent of color on the tray ceiling. I. Love.


This unexpected mosaic steer cheered me each time I walked into the room. Really, a personal favorite! What’s not to adore…chartruese backdrop, turquoise mosaic steer head and a free floating frame on the wall. So cute!


Can I just say that this Bling chandelier will make the cut for my new home under construction! The whole formula for design in this room is soothing and ethereal. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt walls, the modern hand knotted subtle rug, white sofa, glass table with mirrored tray and white accents punctuated with dramatic blues. Ahhhhhh.


Favorite Vanguard Michael Weiss console + mirror quadrant…what can I say? I’m reliving my vacation retreat all over again! Everything about this room speaks the language of style. So beautiful.


Could this be more perfect?! Pink! How unexpected and full of personality. Love.


Dining room centerpiece! Divine.


I’m pretty sure I was staying in a 5 star boutique hotel when I was in this room….

Custom Legacy Linens fit the hotel feel of the room, and a favorite chandelier to set the mood made this a real room for retreating, reading and relaxing. Chevron drapery framed windows looked out onto a beautiful courtyard pool. I guess you can understand why evenings were a welcomed time of day!



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